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August 1993

Lasers in Dermatology—1993

Author Affiliations

Division of Dermatology Washington University School of Medicine 660 S Euclid Av St Louis, MO 63110; Department of Dermatology New York University School of Medicine 550 First Ave New York, NY 10016; Division of Dermatology New England Deaconess Hospital Harvard Medical School 195 Pilgrim Rd Boston, MA 02215; Department of Dermatology Beth Israel Hospital Harvard Medical School Boston, MA 02215

Arch Dermatol. 1993;129(8):1026-1035. doi:10.1001/archderm.1993.01680290098017

THERE HAS been a great increase in the understanding of laser tissue interactions in the 11 years since the last laser editorial in the Archives by Arndt and Noe.1 This has resulted in the development of numerous new-generation laser systems that take full advantage of the unique properties of laser light to achieve very specific and confined effects in tissue while minimizing collateral damage. All three laser studies in this issue of the Archives are good examples of the progress that has been achieved.2-4

ORIGINAL LASERS IN DERMATOLOGY  The first laser to be used in humans was a ruby laser studied by Leon Goldman, a dermatologist, in the early 1960s.5 He made numerous observations regarding laser tissue interaction with the ruby laser. He demonstrated specific laser effects on epidermal components of the skin and tested the laser on various benign as well as malignant lesions.5-7 The